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Stormy Peters joins the GNOME Foundation as Executive Director

By Tina Gasperson on July 07, 2008 (3:00:00 PM)

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Open source technology luminary Stormy Peters has been appointed executive director of the GNOME Foundation, effective immediately.

The GNOME Foundation is committed to the task of advancing the GNOME desktop for Linux and other Unix-based operating systems. As executive director, Peters will be responsible for marketing GNOME to the public and attracting new corporate sponsors and developers to the GNOME community. Peters says she brings the strength of her relationships with businesses and community members to her new job. "I've worked a lot in the past explaining how the community works to enterprises, explaining how enterprises work to community members and helping them work effectively together."

Peters is no stranger to the GNOME community. She is one of the founding members of the GNOME Foundation Advisory Board and has worked on behalf of the community delivering keynotes at GNOME conferences and talking to people about the desktop throughout the course of her work at Hewlett-Packard as the director of the company's open source efforts, and later as community manager at OpenLogic. Peters says she will remain in an advisory capacity at OpenLogic.

Spreading the news about the benefits of open source models and methodologies is something Peters has been doing for a long time. She wrote about some of her past experiences recently at her OpenLogic blog. "When I first started working on the business side of open source software, it felt like I spent a lot of time convincing people that they couldn't just throw old code over the wall. I think people managing dying projects actually felt relief that there was something they could do with their old project that might keep a few loyal customers happy." Peters writes that since then, she's come to realize the value of recycling code from really old projects, such as HP's Tru64 UNIX Advanced File System, recently released as open source code. "[S]ometimes there's really cool technology in old projects that can be used and leveraged in other projects if it's open sourced."

In her new role, Peters says she will keep on telling people about the goodness of GNOME. "I plan to work on marketing -- spreading the word of the value of GNOME to end users and industry sponsors -- as well as developing relationships with existing and new sponsors. The GNOME Foundation has lots of great ideas expanding their user base and attracting new sponsors. Hiring me will enable them to execute on many of them."

Tina Gasperson writes about business and technology from an open source perspective.

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Stormy Peters joins the GNOME Foundation as Executive Director

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 24.106.175.67] on July 07, 2008 05:01 PM
If Gnome truly is a grand user experience then it will speak for itself.

Finding out a not-for-profit is a billion dollar business is similar to finding out the land you own you still owe yearly payments on with tax. Seems nothing is truly free anymore.

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Re: Stormy Peters joins the GNOME Foundation as Executive Director

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 206.253.186.23] on July 07, 2008 05:50 PM
"Finding out a not-for-profit is a billion dollar business is similar to finding out the land you own you still owe yearly payments on with tax. Seems nothing is truly free anymore"

I think your commment is a little short-sighted. First off, if it's a not-for-profit but a billion dollar business, how is that BAD? What about Public Television, National Parks, and the like? Secondly, how is it land you own? the analogy is bad. You didn't pay for it, it's public domain (more or less, rather GPL). Now in what they are talking about, how do you conclude that it's like finding out you own payments and taxes? You will still not be paying for it.....

Now rather her position should be thought of as an advocate for a nature reserve... she is developing ties and relationships to try and advocate companies to look at this seriously and to contribute.... like expanding or supporting the reserve... This seems MUCH more like what is being described here. If the Yosemite National Park were to get corporate sponsorship to EXPAND how is that bad?

Before you talk up the "Corporate == evil" angle, look at all of the Green Corporations (carbon credit snake oil), PBS, and other corporate but left organizations. Pots and kettles calling black....

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Stormy Peters joins the GNOME Foundation as Executive Director

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 84.202.13.64] on July 07, 2008 06:41 PM
Hello and welcome on-board Stormy Peters !
What is your answer to these important questions?

How can the GNOME-desktop renew and keep pace with KDE 4, Apple and the future? How will GNOME evolve? Do you have a plan for that?
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My contribution is this:

0) Now-a-days most computing devices (computers, cellular phones, PDAs,...) have advanced, accelerated graphics, so make advanced graphics an ordinary thing, not an an exception as it is today (compare XLib/XCB vs. OpenGL programming).
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1) Designe a new multiplatform GUI-toolkit.
GTK2 toolkit is history. We want a new, graphically empowered toolkit and desktop that is inherently 3D aware. Ordinary graphic cards are pretty powerful so let the GUI-toolkit make use of them.
An example: The window/canvas/panel can offer 2 types og graphic contexts; For 2 dimensional drawing, write
gc2D=new graphicContexct2D(win)
gc3D.moveTo(0,0).lineTo(x,y)

for 3D drawing on the same canvas, write
gc3D=new graphicContexct3D(win)
gc3D.moveTo(10.0,10.0,10.0).lineTo(x,y,z)

There will be only ONE toolkit for both 2D and 3D programming.
Rectangle (square) is not a normality of a toolkit anymore. Now the normality is a shape of any form and size, 2D or 3D. Embrace shapes.

Program the basic library in C but provide GUI-libraries in both C and C++. Bindings to dynamic languages will emerge as usual.
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2) Zoom the content of an application window.
Give the window and toolkit ability to resize its content; resize labels, text, edit fields, images etc, just like Firefox does when you press the CNTR +/- keys.
Users with poor sight will love it and people who like small fonts can make application windows smaller and gain more space on the scene.
Let the window and GUI-gadgets remember their scale.
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3) The Gallium 3D is the way to go.
Gallium 3D will replace the old Mesa/OpenGL library. Gallium will have a software fallback (with LLVM/gcc JIT) when the hardware does not have support for graphic command.
Study: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gallium_3D

Keep the toolkit stack thin. WxWidgets is an example of a fat toolkit. It has: Graphics hardware(the X11 server) -> XLib/XCB -> Xt toolkit -> GTK -> wxWidgets. What the heck is that?
Instead keep it simple. Like this
Graphics hardware -> Gallium 2D/3D layer -> Device independent layer -> NEWT toolkit.

But not not kill the X11 entirely. The network transparency of X is a damn good feature, but by all means; re-think it.
Include multi-pointer functionality (google for MPX) and new collaborative features such as Teacher - Students mode where many users can follow the same display. Teacher deals out invitations to follow-on session.
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4) The desktop.
Your desktop is "a stage" or "a scene" where you do your work and collaborate with other users.

But choose your graphical theme carefully.
If you run a computer with weak graphics card then choose a 2D scene theme [it's basically an ordinary flat Metacity based GNOME-desktop]. Choose more advanced 3D-room (scene) if you have a stronger GPU. You just switch the theme stupid. That's it !

Theme for a scene:
The scene themes decides the desktop structure, number of virtual desktops and their appearance and panels. Some areas of the scene can be "magnetic" where windows can attach.
The scene can look like a a cube (such as Compiz does), it can be a wired box or sphere. A flat 2D theme for weak computers. A "scene designer" is a CAD alike tool to make new scenes and themes.

A toolkit theme:
Appearance of the GUI components; buttons, edit fields, group boxes etc.
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5) Save your scene
You shall be able to save your desktop scene to an external server (make a kind of backup). Then pump it back on another location. Save not only the scene arrangement, but also work files ($HOME) if you so wish.

Let users test different graphical themes and see the result instantly.
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6) More co-operation between the Linux-kernel and the graphics system so the desktop-startup is quicker and simpler (fewer changes of mode during startup).
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Take a look at the Clutter and Pigment toolkits.

Important contributions to the GTK 3 debate:

http://live.gnome.org/ThreePointZero (-> scratchpad )
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http://arstechnica.com/articles/culture/reinventing-gtk.ars
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http://www.jonobacon.org/?cat=9
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http://eugenia.gnomefiles.org/2008/06/17/regarding-gnome-30/
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http://jrfonseca.blogspot.com/2008/04/gallium3d-introduction.html

Greetings
Alex Botero ;-)

Sorry for my englsih.

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Stormy Peters joins the GNOME Foundation as Executive Director

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 75.131.161.15] on July 08, 2008 03:40 PM
I support Linux 100% but I feel that people should make an objective decision for themselves after reading http://www.promotinglinux.com/truth/

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Re: Stormy Peters joins the GNOME Foundation as Executive Director

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 81.231.40.224] on July 08, 2008 09:37 PM
Reading that link wont help anyone make an objective decision. Its all lies and pure bullcrap. Made by some Microsoft nutjob who fear his "skills" in MS tools will become obsolete soon.

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Re(1): Stormy Peters joins the GNOME Foundation as Executive Director

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 82.149.186.49] on July 09, 2008 06:31 AM
i absolutely agree with you, there is no useful informations or intentions. i love linux and i enjoy reading that Stormy Peters joins GNOME.
Paul @ http://publicpush.de

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Re: Stormy Peters joins the GNOME Foundation as Executive Director

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 82.43.97.94] on July 29, 2008 02:30 PM
"The likes of Li*us, R*S [masked for legal reasons] and other notable individuals have corrupted the youth"

You know, that's what they said about Socrates.

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Stormy Peters joins the GNOME Foundation as Executive Director

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